ELECTION 2019: What the major parties have promised for the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is set to remain a sea of blue after Saturday’s Federal election with the LNP to retain its stronghold on the Glitter Strip.

Only the seat of Forde, which takes in parts of the northern Gold Coast is in danger of falling to the ALP.

The LNP’s Bert van Manen holds the seat with a wafer-thin margin of just 0.6%.


It had been written off by many experts as a likely LNP loss, but a Galaxy poll published for Newscorp on Thursday shows the seat is set to come down to the wire.

Both parties are locked at 50-50 after preferences with the seat to be decided by a handful of votes.

The remaining seats across the Gold Coast – Fadden, McPherson, Moncrieff and Wright, which takes in part of the western Gold Coast, are all considered safe LNP seats and are not expected to change hands.

However the LNP is expected to take a hit to its big margins in those seats thanks to voter dissatisfaction with the Coalition.

Assistant Treasurer and Fadden MP Stuart Robert has come in for scrutiny over several issues, including his huge home internet bill charged to taxpayers.

His margin of 11.2% is expected to be reduced on Saturday.

The decision by Steve Ciobo to retire is expected to affect the LNP’s margin of 14.6% in the very safe seat of Moncrieff.

Angie Bell will contest the seat for the LNP on Saturday against the ALP’s Tracey Bell.

Despite Forde being the only seat that could change hands, both major parties have been splashing plenty of cash across the Gold Coast.




  • $112 million for Light Rail Stage 3A
  • $1.1775 billion for M1 upgrades.
  • $50 million to upgrade Exit 41 at Yatala and Exit 49 at Pimpama.
  • Extra $6 million for local road projects.
  • $5 million to upgrade intersection of Brisbane Rd/ Oxley Drive/Olsen Ave
  • $769,000 to upgrade intersection of Moala Ave and Sport Dr in Runaway Bay.
  • $15 million for new commuter car park at Coomera Station.
  • $3.5 million for new headspace centre at Upper Coomera
  • $1 million for Currumbin Wildlife Hospital
  • $96, 966 to improve facilities at Tweed Heads and Coolangatta Surf Lifesaving Club.
  • $50,000 for new CCTV cameras in Lavelle Street precinct in Nerang.
  • $50,000 to upgrade kitchen and install CCTV cameras at Nerang Bulls Rugby Union Club.
  • Funding for new mobile phone base station in Bonogin.


  • $2.2 billion for Brisbane’s Cross River Rail (which will see new stations built on the Gold Coast)
  • $112 million for Light Rail Stage 3A.
  • $1.389 billion for M1 upgrades.
  • $50 million to upgrade Exit 41 at Yatala and Exit 49 at Pimpama.
  • $48.1 million to upgrade exit 45 at Ormeau
  • $15 million for new commuter car park at Coomera Station
  • $2.2 million to build new commuter carparks at Ormeau Station
  • $8 million for new mental health stabilisation facility near Gold Coast Uni Hospital
  • $1 million for new women’s change facilities for GOLD COATS SUNS AFL women’s team
  • $500,00 for new women’s change rooms at Coomera Soccer Club.
  • $550,000 towards new home for Football Gold Coast
  • $450,000 towards Stage 1 of a new Surf Lifesaving Queensland rapid response base on The Spit.
  • $500,000 investment for the Titans to upgrade existing infrastructure and provide specialised coaching, education and training facilities for female players and the club’s Physical Disabilities Rugby League team.
  • $90,000 in funding for Norfolk Village State Primary School to build a new ‘Makerspace’ interactive learning centre

To check out what national promises the major parties have made click here

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